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Zlatan responds to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United departure and heartbreaking World Cup elimination

Zlatan responds to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United departure and heartbreaking World Cup elimination

Zlatan Ibrahimovic believes he understands Cristiano Ronaldo’s emotional reaction to Portugal’s elimination from the World Cup.

Morocco defeated Portugal in the quarterfinals, with Ronaldo coming on as a second-half substitute. He was seen crying at the last whistle.

Ibrahimovic was cited as saying in The Mail: “Everybody wants to win the World Cup; not everybody gets to win the World Cup.

“Everybody is trying and if you don’t win it obviously you’ll get emotional, if you win it, you get also emotional in a different way.”

Ibrahimovic also addressed Ronaldo’s exit from Manchester United, which was concluded before to the start of the World Cup 2022.

Ronaldo’s departure was controversial, with the attacker practically forcing a transfer by criticizing manager Erik ten Hag for failing to select him as a starter on a regular basis.

Prior to Ronaldo’s suspension for refusing to come off the bench against Tottenham, Ten Hag and Ronaldo had battled when the striker refused to come off the bench against Chelsea.

Zlatan stated that he believed there was more to the tale on both sides, implying that both the player and the organization are motivated by self-preservation.

He said: “His exiting United, I think when things happen, we will never know the true story.

“They say what they want to say, he says what he needs to say to protect himself, then you have the coach that says these things to protect himself.

“Then the club says things – not like me, I will tell you how it really happened. But we are all different. Everybody is careful about their image.

“For me the perfect image is being yourself. The true story we will not know my friend.”

Zlatan is still a member of the AC Milan squad after helping them win Serie A for the first time in a decade last season.

Ronaldo might draw inspiration from the 41-year-old Swedish legend. He left Manchester United in 2018, and when he joined LA Galaxy, his career at the highest level appeared to be ended.

He used his time in the MLS to reset before rejoining AC Milan in Europe. If Ronaldo takes a step backwards, he may use this road as a springboard to prolong his career and play into his 40s, when he may have access to more desirable opportunities.

Zlatan responds to Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United departure and heartbreaking World Cup elimination

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